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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

John Fluke


PhD, Union Graduate School

Academic and Research Interests

  • child welfare
  • children's mental health
  • human service delivery systems
  • outcomes measurement for children and family services
  • systems of care


Scholar-in-Residence John Fluke has more than 30 years of experience in social service-delivery system research in child welfare and mental health services for children. He is nationally recognized as a researcher specializing in assessing and analyzing decision-making. From 2007 to 2012, he served as director of the Child Protection Research Center at the American Humane Association.

Fluke is also known for his innovative and informative evaluation work in the areas of child welfare administrative data analysis, workload and costing, and performance and outcome measurement for children and family services.

As a research manager, he has directed research and evaluation projects focused on: maltreatment surveillance data; children’s mental health; child protective service risk and safety assessment; expedited permanency; guardianship; family group decision-making; trauma services; and adoption and screening.

Fluke also conducts national child maltreatment data collection and analysis, and has worked with data collection programs in Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United States, as well as for UNICEF.

The author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications, Fluke has presented papers at both national and international meetings and conferences. He is co-chair of the Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection for ISPCAN.

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